Sacramento Public Library

The most circulated books of 2015

Last year's contenders, books with film adaptations popular among readers
Nearly 4 million items were checked out of Sacramento Public Library in 2015. These were the leading books and ebooks.

This year’s list is well-rounded, spanning various genres and offering something for everyone.

Paula Hawkins places first on the fiction list for her psychological thriller, The Girl on the Train, as last year’s first-place holder, John Grisham, takes second with Gray Mountain. Author James Patterson is another popular choice for readers, with four books on the list. 

In the nonfiction category, funny lady Amy Poehler takes first with her book, Yes, Please, beating out last year’s winner, Cheryl Strayed, who places again, but second with, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.

There are also quite a few film adaptions found in each list this year. Titles include: The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Insurgent by Veronica Roth, The Martian by Andy Weir, Personal — a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, and Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. Check out any of these titles if you liked the film. 

Titles that remained on the list from last year in the children’s book series include Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney and Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell. These and the other books on this list are sure to fuel your child’s imagination. 

Top 20 Print Books – Fiction (Adult and Teen)

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
  3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  5. The Burning Room by Michael Connelly
  6. Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
  7. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  9. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
  10. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  11. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  12. Hope to Die by James Patterson
  13. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  14. Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich
  15. Burn by Michael Ledwidge and James Patterson
  16. Deadline by John Sandford
  17. Insatiable Appetites by Stuart Woods
  18. The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
  19. Private Vegas by James Patterson
  20. Private India: City on Fire by James Patterson

Top 10 Print Books – Nonfiction

  1. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
  2. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  3. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
  4. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
  5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
  6. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  7. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  8. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  9. The Wright Brothers by David G. McCullough
  10. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden

Top 10 Most Circulated Children’s Books

  1. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  2. Pokémon Adventures (series) by Hidenori Kusaka
  3. Pete the Cat (series) by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
  4. An Elephant & Piggy Book (series) by Mo Willems
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series) by Jeff Kinney
  6. Geronimo Stilton (series) by Geronimo Stilton
  7. Fancy Nancy (series) by Jane O’Connor
  8. Hello, Olaf! by Andrea Posner-Sanchez
  9. Dork Diaries (series) by Rachel Renee Russell
  10. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

Top 20 eBooks 

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  6. Eyes on You: A Novel of Suspense by Kate White
  7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  8. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
  9. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
  10. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  11. Go Set a Watchmen by Harper Lee
  12. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
  13. Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich
  14. The Martian by Andy Weir
  15. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
  16. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  17. The Burning Room by Michael Connelly
  18. Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  20. Unlucky 13 by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

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